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The Joseph Leadership Academy

Level One



by

Apostle Brian L. Curry



Published by Brian L. Curry

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Fairmont, WV 26555

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Contents

Foreword A1

Foreword A2

Introduction

The Eternal

The Internal

The External

Conclusion

About the Author





Foreword A1

The Joseph Leadership Academy is not only a great read, but a must read for every leader, whether they are young, seasoned, or withered! This book provides fresh revelatory insight not only to the leadership principles exhibited in Joseph’s life, but to the manner in which those principles were forged and developed through servant leadership. Apostle Curry is one of the emerging young writers who doesn’t write to confirm old beliefs but challenges us by revealing that which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit.

We are living in a time wherein the Spirit of God has made known the significance of apostolic and prophetic alignment in the now! This book more than challenges us. It mandates that we know more than how to simply regurgitate scripture. It mandates that we must understand the succinct alignment of the Eternal, the Internal, and the External of everything that God did in Joseph’s life that we might exhibit the same!

-Apostle William M. Dawson

The Kingdom of Priests Covenant Fellowship

Founder and Presiding Prelate

Williamsburg, VA





Foreword A2

I would like to thank our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for giving Apostle Brian L. Curry great boldness, zeal, tenacity, and love for the Church. I first met Apostle Curry in the spirit by the way of the Kingdom of Priest Covenant Fellowship’s morning prayer call, then several months later, at an Awakening Gathering in Virginia. Since that time, I have found him to be a man of God who truly loves God, the people of God, and the truth of what the word of the Lord is saying today.

He has a great heart of love and faithfulness towards his wife and family and towards the ministry that the Lord has entrusted in his hands. Apostle Curry is bold and courageous in his exhortations and writings.

We are in a day and time where many preachers and pastors have succumbed to watering down the Word of God to appease the itching ears of the people. This is not true with Apostle Curry. He is a man of great conviction and passion for the Word, sound doctrine, and for the church to manifest the kingdom of God on the earth.

Very few books have ground breaking revelation on servant leadership in this era as Apostle Brian Curry’s “The Joseph Leadership Academy.” In the last era, many men and women of God produced books on the apostolic, prophetic, deliverance, worship, prayer, and leadership, but as Solomon writes, “…of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.” (Ecclesiastes12:12b).

What is produced in this book is not only rare and relevant for today but has been released in the exact timing of the Lord. Seeing that as the gifts of God are being restored within the church, it is time to get back to the heart of true servanthood. The revelation in this book outlines an amazing account of the life of Joseph as it relates to Joseph being a similitude of Christ through servant leadership.

This is what sets this work apart from other writings on servant leadership. It is empowering through practical application that causes mindsets to be liberated from illegitimate doctrine and wrong paradigms. The Joseph Leadership Academy is for whosoever will, regardless of your sphere of influence.

This book embodies what it states in the introduction, “This academy will equip you with relevant and effective leadership strategies, cutting edge thought processes, and practical application methods which bring about extraordinary results nationally, economically, and generationally.” The author does an excellent job paralleling the Eternal, the Internal, and the External as it relates to the spirit, soul, and body of human being and the dynamics of humility, honor, and hierarchy.

Apostle Brian Curry is the ideal person to have written this book. I prophetically proclaim that this is a global work that will be used to shift the church and that the Sons of God will begin to manifest in great power, authority, and dominion in the earth realm like never before encountered! Amen!

-Prophetess Ruby J. Coats, M.Div. & M.A.O.M.

The Kingdom of Priests Covenant Fellowship

Presbytery and Chief Intercessor

Albion, MI



Introduction

The Joseph Leadership Academy is designed to teach you how to successfully operate from the place of authority in your specific realm of influence. This academy will equip you with relevant and effective leadership strategies, cutting edge thought processes, and practical application methods which bring about extraordinary results nationally, economically, and generationally.

No matter the sphere of influence, whether you are a parent in a home, a businessman or businesswoman, an individual operating in 5-fold ministry, an elected official or dignitary, a public servant, a student, an athlete, or anyone else desiring to be accurate, effective, and relevant in leadership, whosoever desires to experience supernatural and lasting results, this curriculum is for you.

In a society where leadership has been defined by the degree and level of service, sacrifice, and submission of designated followers to designated leaders, we seldom see the “leaders” exhibit the same level of commitment to their followers. Dictatorship, pride, envy, jealousy, strife, contention, ungodly control, and competition have invaded and influenced the hearts of minds of many in the church who strive for positions of power and crave the praise and recognition of men.

Because of this, true Kingdom advancement has become stagnated.

By contrast, where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty. In the Joseph Leadership Academy, you will learn how to grow, go, and flow, through operating in the Spirit of the Lord by demonstrating servant-leadership, placing the needs and wellbeing of others above your own, thereby laying down our own lives so that the life of Christ may be exhibited through us for the benefit of others. This a primary element.

Therefore, if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. -Philippians 2:1-4, NIV

Upon the practical application of the principles we will cover, you will free yourself from self-sabotaging mindsets and practices, embrace new and fresh incentives, erase insecurity, operate in a spirit of excellence and power, build and exude genuine confidence, and truly em-power and not de-power those around you. Servant leadership, as modeled by the life of Jesus Christ, the opposite of what is currently taking place in the world and in several churches, appears to be a forgotten art.

However, by the grace, goodness, and guidance of our God, our Father, by the Lord Jesus Christ, through the Holy Spirit, we will bring this forgotten art back to the forefront based upon this premise:

But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.

But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;

And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

(Matthew 20:25-28, KJV)

Prepare to transition from superficial to supernatural.

In the book of Genesis, Chapters 37-50, we see an outline of the life of Joseph, whose life was a basic similitude of Jesus Christ. This will be the primary narrative in which we will examine by topical, expository, and revelatory means. We will also examine the following three 3 things:

1. The E-ternal, regarding a better understanding of the mind and machinations of our Creator concerning mankind;

2. The In-ternal, regarding key characteristics exhibited through Joseph which were prerequisites to his ascension and promotion;

3. The Ex-ternal, regarding the practical application and demonstration of what has been revealed.

Furthermore, by equating the eternal, the internal, and the external to the spirit, soul, and body of man, we will endeavor to have our spirit, soul and body integrated, made one, both, within ourselves, and made one with our God and Father, via the Holy Spirit, by way of Jesus Christ. May the Lord be merciful and gracious to any and to all who truly desire to manifest His will His way and who to those who will not only be hearers, but doers of the principles revealed in this academy.

So, the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.” -Jesus

The ones who are chosen are the ones who answer the call.



The Eternal

Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

-Hebrews 11:3, KJV

Eternity. The place where time does not exist. There is no past and there is no future in Eternity. Although a common consensus is that God exists in eternity or that God exists outside of eternity, I humbly submit the thought that eternity exists in God.

In Eternity, there is only now. Hebrews, chapter 11, verse one reads, Now faith is the substance of things hoped for…” Now is the only moment that is eternal. So, every time we operate in faith, we tap into the eternal. Faith is eternal. The Word is eternal.

Forever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven. (Psalms 89:1, KJV)

God revealed a portion of himself to Moses saying that his name is “I AM,” thereby revealing the eternal component of His nature.

And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you.

-Exodus 3:14, KJV

For the sake of the illustration, please indulge me in this:

There are three main verb tenses:

1. Past Tense: something that has already happened. Ex: I went to the store.

2. Present Tense: something that is happening now. Ex: I am at the store.

3. Future Tense: something that will happen in the future. Ex: I will go to the store.

In understanding eternity and the eternal, it is imperative that we understand that God is. It is in the conception of Jesus Christ the we can affix Time to the Eternal:

I am the Alpha and the Omega,” the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, “which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. (Revelation 1:8, KJV)

Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM. (John 8:58, KJV)

Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Timothy 1:17, KJV)

In our efforts to delve deeper and to further understand and clarify the eternal purpose, plan, and placement of mankind, individually, corporately, and collectively, we begin by knowing that our creator, our source, is eternal. Through Jesus Christ, he is now also immortal. Eternal, meaning always existing, no beginning and no ending. Immortal, meaning having a beginning but never ending, never dying, or never being separated from God.

God the Father, in his grace toward us, has given us the ability to exist in the eternal, always alive, by becoming immortal, never dying, through faith in Jesus Christ. Separation from God is death; physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally, socially, financially, and/or domestically.

For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.” (Acts 17:28, KJV)

Notice the verb tense of the sentence: “…we LIVE and MOVE, and HAVE…” “…we ARE…” Present tense. Now.

The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them. (Deuteronomy 33:27, KJV)

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalms 46:1, KJV)

Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. 2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. (Psalms 90:1-2, KJV)

We understand, believe, and operate in these things through faith. As we examine the life of Joseph, we will see that he was a man of faith, which is necessary for any leader, and that his faith was demonstrated through a consistent expression of maintaining an inner spirit of excellence regardless of his outward circumstances. Joseph lived out of his spirit.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6, KJV)

(For we walk by faith, not by sight:) (2 Corinthians 5:7, KJV)

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith (1 John 5:4, KJV)

And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. (Mark 11:22, KJV)

Jesus advises us to have faith in God. Your degree or level of faith is entirely up to you.

Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. (Matthew 9:29, KJV)

There are many levels of faith. Although faith is absolute, your individual position in it can vary based on what has been revealed to you and what you understand and believe. The ocean is still the ocean whether you are on the beach or out in the deep. Here is a thought-provoking idea regarding the potential of your faith:

For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. (Romans 12:3, KJV)

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless, I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20, KJV)

The faith of the Son of God has to become the faith of the Sons of God. That’s the measure made available to us in Romans 12:3. Receive it by faith.

Now, more than ever, not only faith, but great faith is a key element needed in leadership. Not great faith as in the traditional means taught, meaning an amount needed to produce a result, but great as in service and intercession. Not quantity, but quality. Quality service to others. Quality intercession for others. We will notice how this key attribute was demonstrated in the life of Joseph and incorporate it in our own lives.

Remember, every time we choose to operate in faith, we tap into the eternal which unlocks and releases the power of God in our lives and in the lives of others. Faith was an underlying key component in the life of Joseph. He believed God and had a heart for others.

Great faith focuses on others. It is motivated by love and it unlocks the supernatural. In the family of God, we serve each other as unto the Lord, walking in and demonstrating the love of the Father, resting in the fact that, in Christ, we are family.

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore, the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. (1 John 3:1-2, KJV)

Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; (Ephesians 2:19, KJV)

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;

24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:22-24, KJV)

For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love. (Galatians 5:6, KJV)

Regarding great faith, in the Bible, there are only 2 times where Jesus commended someone for having it. Why is this? We must examine these occasions as they are strategic keys to the leadership dynamic in which God desires for us to operate in this hour.

Here is an excerpt containing a layer of revelation to consider in which I have previously expounded upon in Book One of my book series, From the Eyes of a Son to the Heart of a Father: Revised Edition: Passion, Protocol, and Prudence, regarding great faith:

Excerpt

Upon meditating, reflecting, and investigating the teachings and subject of faith, I began to consider “great faith.” It is fairly common knowledge that in the Bible there are only two occasions where Jesus commends someone for having great faith. Let’s take a look at them.

Here is the first instance in Matthew 8:5-10, KJV:

5 And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,

6 And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.

7 And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.

8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.

9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.

10 When Jesus heard it, he marveled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

And here is the second instance in Matthew 15:21-28, KJV:

21 Then Jesus went thence and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.

22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.

23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.

24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.

26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs.

27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table.

28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

Now I have heard many definitions and interpretations of what “great faith” is from having faith that is strong enough to move mountains to being able to believe God simply because he said it. I concur with both. But allow me if you will, to bring something else to the table.

Now that we have established, for the most part, what faith is, why did Jesus commend the woman and the centurion for having “great faith?” Many people were healed by Jesus and Jesus himself said to many that, “Your faith has made you whole,” “Be it unto you according to your faith,” and the like, but here, in these two instances, Jesus doesn’t simply commend their faith, he says they have “great faith”. What gives? I’m glad you asked.

To further determine what Jesus considers to be “great faith,” let’s take a look at what Jesus determines to be great. Make sense?

To do that we have to go to Matthew 20:25-28, NJKV:

25 But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them.

26 Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.

27 And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave—

28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

Apparently, in the eyes of Jesus, service is what makes someone great, a willingness to serve others. So then, in order for me to have “great faith,” I must be willing to use my faith to serve someone else. That’s what God the Father did when he sent Jesus, and that’s what Jesus did when he fulfilled the law and went to the cross.

We must use our faith to serve our family, our friends, and others. From the above-mentioned stories where Jesus commends the woman and the centurion for having “great faith” and also Jesus’ own definition of what he considers to be great, I found three basic elements of great faith.

Number One, it’s indiscriminate. To have great faith, it doesn’t matter if you are a man or a woman, a Jew or a Gentile, rich or poor. It doesn’t depend on your location, pedigree, or any other vain thing. It’s for “whosoever will.”

Number Two, it’s intense. Notice above in Matthew 15: 21-28 how the woman cried, worshipped, and would not take no for an answer even to the extent of her being insulted. Although I believe that Jesus was actually drawing a confessing out of her. Notice how the centurion in Matthew 8:5-10, earnestly beseeched or urgently pleaded with Jesus. He was determined and focused on what he wanted to happen to the extent he said to Jesus, “…but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.”

Their faith was aimed at serving someone else, which leads me to my third point:

Last, but not least, Number Three, it is intercessory. The Free Dictionary definition of intercession is “entreaty in favor of another, especially a prayer or petition to God in behalf of another.”

In both instances, the woman and the centurion came for someone else, not their own personal needs but their desire to see something good happen, something needed, for someone else. The woman came for her daughter. The centurion came for his servant.

They came to Jesus for someone who couldn’t get to Jesus for themselves. They stood in the gap. Jesus called this “great faith.” Jesus himself came for all of mankind, and without him, we could never have gotten to the Father. God the Father provided Jesus, the sacrifice, for us.

-End of Excerpt-

• (Quality service to someone else) + (Quality intercession for someone else) = Great Faith.

• Great faith is faith that is used to serve and intercede for others.

• If you use great faith, you will be a great leader.

• Great leadership requires great faith.

• Joseph had great faith.

As God continues to transition us from faith for a thing to faith in the King, we look to Him, believe in Him, and express Him on earth as it is in Heaven for others. We must have faith in God that He will use us to serve and intercede for someone else, thereby releasing His power, His presence, and His provision. Amen! “…Abraham believed God….” (Galatians 3:6)

But doesn’t the Bible say that we can pray and believe God for things?

Therefore, I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. (Mark 11:24, KJV)

Yes, and for the most part, this has been taught as using your faith to manifest the things that you desire. Allow me to present an additional thought:

There are many principles in the universe which govern our existence: time, space, gravity, agriculture, electricity, etc. However, some principles and methods are greater, higher, or more advantageous than others.

For example, the principle of aerodynamics is greater than the principle of gravity. If I want to go to a destination that is 50 miles away, and I have to walk there, due to the principle of gravity, it will take me some time to walk 50 miles to get to the destination. But if I were to travel 50 miles in a helicopter, operating by the principle of aerodynamics, I would traverse the 50 miles much faster.

The principle of flight is faster than the principle of walking. Or even driving, using a different method of operation, in accordance with the principle of gravity, would get me to the 50 destination faster. Therefore, while I have the ability to use my faith to manifest things according to Mark 11:24, KJV, I also have the ability to defer my decisions to my Creator and Father:

Therefore, I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. (Matthew 6:25-34, KJV)

Now watch this: My finite mind, in and of itself, can’t possibly know everything. I may even manifest some things that I thought I needed, but really didn’t, and some of those things may have disastrous consequences.

There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. (Proverbs 14:12, KJV)

I must now shift my faith for a thing to faith in the King. Why? Because He cares for me and makes sure that whatever I need I will have. I’m not preoccupied with worry or concern. This is experienced through intimate relationship with the Father. His plans for my life are greater than mine.

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. (1 Peter 5:6-7)

When I shift to a higher principle of faith in God and not faith in my faith to produce something, I move from arrogance to humility. In the course of my prayer, or communing with God, as stated in Mark 11:24, KJV, within the confines of this intimate relationship, He then begins to show me the things for me to desire and tells me what His plans are for me and I believe Him. This is what happened with Abraham who is often referred to as the Father of Faith.

After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. 2 And Abram said, Lord God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?

3 And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.

4 And, behold, the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.

5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. 6 And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness. (Genesis 15:1-6, KJV)


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